Trust Board meetings

2024

The Trust Board Meetings to be held in Public for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust will now be held jointly with Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust.

The 1st meeting of the Joint sitting Trust Board Meeting – to be held in public will be held on Tuesday 16th July 2024.

To observe the meeting you must apply by e-mail or phone (with an e-mail address) to the Group Company Secretary’s Office, keith.wilshere1@nhs.net no later than the Friday before the scheduled meeting.

If the meeting is being held virtually (via Microsoft Teams) you will need a suitable device on which to view and hear the meeting. We ask that when you are given entrance to a virtual meeting, that you keep your microphone muted at all times throughout and that you do so in a quiet and private space. It is a condition of access that you do not record the meeting. Anyone not muting their microphone in a virtual meeting or disturbing the business of the meeting at either a virtual meeting or a meeting held in person, will be removed from the meeting and re-entry denied.  By requesting an invitation to view or attend, you are agreeing to abide by these requirements. Please bear in mind this is a meeting held in public rather than a public meeting.

Members of the public also have the option to ask any questions they may have to the Board Meeting. We would ask that any questions for consideration are emailed no less than 24 hours prior to the meeting using the email link rwh-tr.TrustBoard@nhs.net. There will be an opportunity at the end of the Trust Board meeting to either go through the question you have submitted or ask about something else, should you wish to do so.  We ask that any questions are relevant to the business of the meeting and the Board – questions regarding complaints, individual care or matters not relevant may not be taken – the Chair’s decision is final in such cases.

Please keep any questions brief and to the point. Responses will either be emailed to you following the meeting or be found in the minutes published in due course.

The meeting packs for the Joint Trust Board meetings will be available on the website at least 3 working days prior to the date of the meeting.

Contact

The role of the Trust board is mostly supervisory and strategic, ensuring that the Trust has high standards in clinical care, financial stewardship as well as responding to the health needs of the population it serves.

For further information about Trust Board meetings please contact Keith Wilshere Trust Board Secretary on ext. 84294.

Schedule of meeting dates 2024

  • 13 February 2024
  • 16 April 2024
  • 14 May 2024
  • 16 July 2024
  • 17 September 2024
  • 19 November 2024

All meetings commence at 10am.

Trust Board papers

Please note: All Trust board papers are now contained within the document below.

Trust Board Papers (PDF, 13Mb)

Please note: All Trust board papers are now contained within the document below.

Trust Board Papers (PDF, 9Mb)

Please note: All Trust board papers are now contained within the document below.

Trust Board Papers (PDF, 8Mb)

Please note: All Trust board papers are now contained within the document below.

Trust Board Papers (PDF, 27Mb)

The Board of Directors

The Board meets bi-monthly. Its role is to set overall strategy for the Trust, including approving major plans and policies and setting budgets, and monitoring operational performance against local and national standards and targets.

The Board comprises Executive Directors (full time Trust employees) and Non-Executive Directors (currently appointed by the NHS (Improvement).

Board values and conduct

Public service values are at the heart of the NHS and Trust Boards play a critical role in shaping and exemplifying an organisational culture that is open, accountable, compassionate, and puts patients first. Respect, compassion and care are at the centre of good leadership and governance in the NHS, and organisational and personal interests must never be allowed to outweigh the duty to be honest, open and truthful with patients and the public.

All directors are therefore expected to:
  • Understand and commit to the personal behaviours, values, technical competence and business practices outlined in “The Standards for Members of NHS Boards and Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Bodies in England” produced by the Professional Standards Authority
  • Reflect the standards of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership set out in the Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles);
  • Be honest, open and truthful in all dealings with patients and the public; and uphold the policies and procedures adopted by the Trust, in so far as they are applicable to their roles. Trust Policy GP01 “Corporate Governance” is particularly relevant in this regard.

Board meetings

The meetings are currently taking place in person until further notice.

Agendas and papers

The agenda and supporting papers for each meeting are normally available above, a few days before the scheduled meeting date.

Public attendance

Meetings of the Board are open to members of the public and press, but please note:
  • Members of the public and press may attend to observe, but not to speak
  • There is an opportunity towards the end of the meeting to ask the Directors questions about topics discussed during the meeting
  • You can take written notes of the meeting, but cannot record the proceedings in other ways.

A small number of confidential items of business, for example about individual members of staff, or contract negotiations, are discussed during a confidential Board session after the public session has ended. The agenda and papers for this part of the meeting are not available to the public, and the press and public are not allowed to observe these proceedings.

Board committees

The Board maintains an appropriate balance between strategic matters and supervising the management of the Trust. To assist in this, the Board has established several committees with specific remits, which are summarised below. The committees meet on a regular basis and after every meeting the committee chair prepares a report for the next meeting of the Board, to whom committee minutes are also presented for information in due course.

Audit committee

The aims of this Committee are to provide the Board with an independent and objective review of its financial systems, financial information, risk management and compliance with laws, guidance and regulations governing the NHS.  The Committee oversees the work of the local counter fraud specialist, security, and the work of internal and external audit.

Quality Governance Assurance Committee

The Quality Governance Assurance Committee provides assurance to the Board that patient care is of the highest achievable standard and in accordance with all statutory and regulatory requirements.  It also provides assurance of proactive management and early detection of risks across the Trust.

Performance and Finance Committee

This Committee provides assurance to the Board on the effective financial and external performance targets of the organisation and also supports the development implementation and delivery of the medium term financial plan and the efficient use of financial resources.

Remuneration Committee

The purpose of this Committee is to advise the Board about appropriate remuneration and terms of service for the Chief Executive and other Executive Directors.

Charitable Funds Committee

The aim of this Committee is to administer the Trust’s charitable funds in accordance with any statutory or other legal requirements or best practice required by the Charity Commission.

Trust Management Committee

The Trust Management Committee provides a formal platform for the major decision making process for the clinical and non-clinical operations, and as such is attended by all of the Executive Directors, together with Divisional Medical Directors and heads of service.